How the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors came to be

Formed in 1868 the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) from one of the most respected professional bodies not only in the UK but in the world. Their mission is to ensure that an agreed international code of surveying is followed here and abroad. They work with the government on several issues. They are responsible for guidance on the homebuyers report that has been in existence since 2009. This was designed to give help and support to homebuyers and provide clarity. You need to have one and you can get helpful hints and tips on moving by doing some research first. Take a look at  Where does this auguste body of RICS come from?

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The institute was formed by 49 London surveyors who wanted clarity and uniformity in their working practice. This was not only for them but also so that the customers would know that a code of practice was in place. At the time the larger stately home and townhouse was becoming increasingly important and more money for projects was flowing into the country from the Empire.

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In 1881 it gained a royal charter further legitimising  it’s work. After the Second World War one of the first things George the Sixth did was decree that the word “Royal” should be added to the title. Considering how important the RICS would be in rebuilding the country it was well earned.

Now the RICS has offices all around the world and works with foreign governments and the United nations. They were at the forefront of establishing the International Property Measurement Standards so that the high standards of practice they have could be adopted by the world.